Although you may think otherwise, there’s no such word as ‘can’t’ when it comes to travel. If you really want to go travelling, but think it’s just a pipe dream, it’s not. Some savvy saving and a change in your attitude can help you to trot the globe and live the dream. Here’s how you can say yes to travel more often but still save money while you’re at it.
Believe in yourself
The first big thing you have to do is change your mindset. Really believe you don’t have to stay at home in the same old location when there’s a world out there waiting to be explored. Once you have broken down this psychological barrier, and are prepared to say yes to your dreams, you’ll be surprised how much travel you can accomplish.
Calculate your expenses – and reduce them
Fire up a spreadsheet and set out all your current expenses. Be mercilessly frugal with yourself, and cut out anything you don’t really need or which has cheaper alternatives. Switch the gym for jogging – it’s cheaper and it gets you outdoors. Look for cheaper cell phone and broadband deals. Place the difference in an account that you have set up for travel – and don’t touch the account until you have the money you need to get away.
Take up freelance writing
The beauty of the Internet is that it’s made it possible to work from all over the world. No longer do you have to stay strictly within the office to get work done. Build an online writing business, which would allow you to travel more and still work when you have to (which hopefully wouldn’t be too much!).
Collect flier miles
Make the most of loyalty programs offered by airlines and credit cards to rack up frequent flier miles. The further you fly, the more miles you’ll collect and be able to use for discounts on future journeys. Start small with shorter journeys and gradually let the miles build up.
Find a travel-related job in the destination
So you want to experience the adventure and the magic of the world’s biggest cities? Maybe you want to try your hand at skiing, but don’t have the money. Find a travel-related job in the destination you want to experience. You could ski for free or receive discounts on local attractions. Or perhaps you could also try house sitting. Why stay at home in the flat when you could be sampling life in a glorious new location?
Read all the travel blogs you can!
Travel bloggers are globetrotting veterans. They’ve seen incredible places and done many amazing things, and have learnt more than just a thing or two about saving money along the way. Packed with travel wisdom and practical tips on getting by in various different countries, you can arm yourself with the knowledge, and the ‘go for it’ attitude, to start travelling the world and living your dreams.
Follow these tips and saying yes to the next big trip or travel adventure will be a whole lot easier. It’s all about living for the moment, and with this newfound insight, there’s no reason to lack the money to make it happen. So get that suitcase ready!